From the centre of Paris it is just a fifty minute train journey to Fontainebleau, a vast rambling Chateau with magnificent gardens and forests. Escape the hustle and bustle of Paris and walk around this beautiful Palace with it’s sumptuous grounds.
Hikers will appreciate the wild parkland and forests that surround Fontainebleau Castle
Founded in the 12th century as a hunting lodge it was transformed into a palace during the 16th century, with additions made by later Royalty. Napoleon loved spending time here and spent a fortune on Fontainebleau.
There is an audioguide available that gives a 90 minute tour, this has a rental cost of 4.5 euros.
Opening times for Fontainebleau:
Winter 9.30am – 5pm
Summer 9.30am – 6pm
Entrance costs for Fontainebleau
FREE : First Sunday of every month
State apartments 6.50 euros
Small apartments 3 euros, under 18s free.
Included in the museum pass.
SNCF sell a combined train/bus/château ticket at the Gare de Lyon.
How to get to Fontainebleau
Gare de Lyon to Fontainbleu-Avon, then Bus #A or #B to Fontainebleau Castle.
There are tours to Fontainbleu from several operators, usually incorporating a visit to Barbizon, a charming village and artist’s centre. Costs start at 70 euros.
Site (for the museum)